Advanced Research Methods in Sociology - Graduate Certificate

Advanced Research Methods in Sociology

Graduate Certificate

Program Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

12 Credits

About the Program

This certificate trains master's-level sociologists in a range of sociological research methods. Completion of
the certificate provides evidence of competence in tools of quantitative and qualitative research
methodology, which can be beneficial for enhancing future career options. Specific methodologies/skills
covered include:

  • Advanced statistics (including multiple regression GLMs, SEM, Mixed-effect Models, and Causal Inference)
  • Statistical modeling software (Stata or SAS)
  • Participant observation
  • Content analysis
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Program evaluation
  • Development of predictive/explanatory models

In today's data-driven culture, the ability to design, carry out and appropriately interpret modeling projects
that make sense of large data sets are skills that are marketable to private (e.g. market research analysts),
non-profit and state employers as well as for those students interested in pursuing a PhD. 

For more information, contact the Certificate Coordinator, Frank Zang.

Focus of Study

This program focuses on training master's-level sociologists in various sociological research methods, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches such as advanced statistics, statistical modeling software, participant observation, content analysis, ethnographic methods, program evaluation, and the development of predictive/explanatory models.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum requirement for completion: four courses, for a total of 12-14 credit hours.
  • A minimum grade of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate.
  • All courses must be at the 5000 level or above in Sociology. Independent studies may not be applied.
  • To complete the program, students are required to submit a transcript and a five-page self-statement, evaluating three different quantitative or qualitative research methods in application to various research projects. 
  • The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit and graduation and will appear on the transcript.

Program Coursework

Course Requirements:

Complete four of the following.

  • SOC 5070 - Research Methods
  • SOC 5090 - Research Practicum
  • SOC 5170 - Advanced Statistics and Methods
  • SOC 5180 - Community Organizations and Analysis
  • SOC 5550 - Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 5950 - Inequality, Crime, and Justice

Additional sociology special-topic methods courses may be offered that can be counted toward the graduate certificate. These courses must be approved in advance by the certificate coordinator.

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Intent and Completion Applications

Once admitted to UCCS, students choosing to pursue a certificate must submit a Certificate Declaration Form.

After completing the program requirements, the student must submit the Certificate Completion Form with all supporting documents uploaded where indicated on the form. Students planning to pursue multiple certificates will need to submit separate declaration and completion forms for each certificate.